ANTHONY MURRAY says he has ‘plenty of work to do’ after seeing his North Wales Crusaders side fall to a 30-10 defeat at home to play-off chasing Newcastle Thunder.

Murray took charge of the Wrexham-based side just three weeks ago, but following Sunday’s defeat to Thunder the Crusaders will now travel to face Workington Town on the back of consecutive league defeats.

Speaking following the defeat to Newcastle, Murray said: “To be honest, we gave too much away in the first-half.

“Newcastle ran harder, tackled harder and their kicking game was better. When you do the basics right then you’ll win the game, that’s what Newcastle did and fair play to them for that.”

He added: “I asked for an improvement in the second-half, and I got that – we defended better, but when we got into the right areas of the field we didn’t do enough with it and failed to come up with the right option.

“We didn’t have a lot of good field position, and when we did we didn’t do anything with it, so I have no complaints with regards to Newcastle winning the game, I thought Newcastle deserved it.

“It was a massive game for us, and one where you try to get a measure of where you are. Obviously based on that we are way off that top six at the moment.

“We’ve put in a really good performance away at Doncaster last weekend and then come up with a disappointing showing against Newcastle this afternoon.

“I was disappointed with our lack of urgency and enthusiasm. Just little things like that make the opposition stand up and think these are up for it today, but we were lacking that this afternoon.”

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The Welsh outfit will now turn their attention to next weekend’s trip to Cumbria where they will face Workington Town at Derwent Park in the Betfred League One.